Ban Khiri Wong
is an ancient community which settled at the foot of Khao Luang in Tambon Kamlon, a path up the mountain.
This peaceful village is like one big, happy family. The main occupation is growing mixed fruits, such as
mangosteen, rambutan, durian, and Sato. The village was faced with catastrophe on November 21, 1988
when a flash flood swept away some 100 houses. The local monastery and villagers still maintain the
damaged convocation hall and houses as monuments to those who perished. Ban Khiri Wong is considered
a prototype of eco-tourism management and the place won the 1998 Thailand Tourism Award in the city and
community category. Residents have developed tourism services like trekking tours, porters and homestay
programs through the Eco-tourism Club. Tourists can appreciate the way of life here all year round, with the
most attractive time during July to September when fruits are on sale. Trekking up Khao Luang must start
at Ban Khiri Wong. One can get to the village by taking a mini-bus from Talat Yao. Buses depart from
07.00-16.00 hrs. The fare is 17 baht. Alternatively, one can drive on the Amphoe Muang-Lan Saka route for
26 kilometers. The sign pointing to the village is at Km. 20 on the right. Please contact the Kamlon
Administration Office at tel. (075) 309010.